Drought in Somalia escalates

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    The United Nations estimates 4.3 million Somalis are affected by the drought and more than half-a-million displaced.

    Somalia is in the middle of its worst drought in decades, with millions of people in need of aid and thousands on the brink of starvation. The key drivers of acute food insecurity in Somalia include the combined effects of consecutive seasons of poor and erratic rainfall distribution and conflict

    Somalia’s Southwest State is one of the areas worst hit by a record drought not seen in decades.
    Baidoa already hosts over 400,000 internally displaced Somalis but more people affected by drought are flocking to the town every day in search of food, water, and shelter. Baidoa is currently battling water shortages and an influx of villagers fleeing drought and starvation.

    A blockade by al-Shabaab insurgents makes it impossible for aid to reach many districts in Somalia.

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